Associate Degree in Liberal Studies – Focus in History

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About This Program

You know history is more than dusty dates and long-dead leaders. In your mind, you can see the great Roman roads expanding the empire across the known world. You can smell the acrid musket fire at Concord. You read the words of Joshua Chamberlain to the 20th Maine and your blood stirs.

History is an adventure, and you want to learn its lessons. You can do that through our Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in History. The program is designed to provide a foundation of study that prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

The curriculum is built on general education classes, supplemented with history courses, other social sciences, and introductory foreign language study. This concentration is excellent preparation for a major in history at the baccalaureate level which could lead to careers in law, teaching, government, public relations, museum work and many other areas.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC’s Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in History requires a mix of general education and interest-specific courses designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution in the major of their choice. The following courses are only a sampling of what you might take as a Liberal Studies student and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

General Education Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Electives in the following areas:
    • Diversity
    • Economics/Political Science
    • English Communications
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology/Sociology
    • Science with Lab

Recommended Electives

  • World History
  • US History
  • American Government
  • History Electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

Interested in seeing some of the current major-specific courses being offered as a part of this degree program?

Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

Based on a student taking 15 credits per semester

62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

Transfer Agreements for Liberal Studies – History

History, BA

University of Southern Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – History

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BA in History

University of Southern Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – History

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Bachelor of Arts in History

University of New England

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – History

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